A cable router is a device that is used to link two different networks to distribute Internet connectivity. Cable routers are usually found in places with high-speed cable Internet, and they are important in delivering signals from the modem to the computers involved. By means of the cable router, the network of the Internet service provider and the network of the subscribing computers get connected and are able to share information with each other.
Among the issues encountered by Internet users regarding cable routers is when they begin to receive limited or no Internet connection from their service provider. The computer's network status usually says they are connected to the Internet, but the user could not access the Internet at all. This issue arises not only with CAT5 routers, but with wireless cable routers as well.
Troubleshooting cable router problems starts with checking the status of the Internet connection. When the status says that little or no packets are transmitted/received, try running the ipconfig release/renew command from a command window. If all the settings are running well but there is still no Internet connection, the router would have to be reset.
Cable router issues can be repaired by means of resetting/rebooting the router itself. The router may have lost its signal somewhere during transmitting and receiving Internet packets, and thus has to be refreshed in order to get back to normal operation. The cable router must be unplugged for one minute, then press and hold the reset button for 10 to 30 seconds, depending on the model; check the router documentation to find the exact time interval. After two to three minutes, plug the cable router back and regain a fresh Internet connection.
Keep in mind that some systems take a while to boot; thus, it is important to allot more waiting time before powering the cable router back on. There are also cable routers which have built-in firewall systems, and these sometimes hinder Internet connections as well. It is recommended to check the firewall first before performing repair operations. Firewall systems provide security against hackers, but they can block normal Internet connection in certain instances.
To avoid cable router problems, it is important to purchase the right kind of router to fit the user's networking needs and preferences. Wireless cable routers work best on wide areas and places partitioned by walls or floors, while wired routers are more adequate for computers located in the same space. By installing the right type of cable router, better Internet connection can be enjoyed and signal issues can be minimized.
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